The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Friday, April 4, 2014

A Confession

“We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.” - Racois de La Rochefoucauld 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:9

Confess: “admit or state that one has committed a crime or is at fault in some way” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Who’s ever struggled with something they’re not too proud of? Of course, we all have. We’re not all the good people we try to make ourselves look like. And we all know it. But still, we try and put on a pretty good front, because it’s the best thing we’ve got going. Sometimes looking good actually makes us feel good. But we’re lying to ourselves if we think that our front is what we’re actually judged by. Sure, the people around us may never know the disparities between how we present ourselves and who we really are, but God knows. And while it may seem like other people’s judgement is more important, God’s judgement is really the only one that counts. So how do we look good to God? Well to start, there’s no “looking” anything, we are or we aren’t. We are good or we aren’t. Fortunately, we are blessed with a merciful God. Or should I say, God blesses us with mercy. We don’t have to treat Him like we would anyone else. Speaking for myself, I’ve found it can be hard to truly confess a sin to God. Like God doesn’t know what I’ve done already. It's like I’m trying to put on a front to God instead of confess. But the real power of God’s grace and forgiveness comes through confession. Ever had something you can’t get rid of? You’d like to stop cursing so much but can’t maybe? We all have our vices and habits. And they seem insurmountable. However, God can help. I’ve found in actuality, He’s the only one that has helped. You see, the Bible doesn’t just say God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. No, it says’ “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins AND to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” Those things you can’t shake, those temptations you can’t get rid of, those thoughts that haunt you; God can take them. I’ve experienced it. I’ve tried and tried to rid myself of sin. It never happened. God is the only one who’s ever helped. His help came through a confession and a request that He take what I couldn’t get rid of. Try Him. Whatever it is, confess it and ask Him to take it. Claim His promise. Maybe say something like this. “God I’ve been struggling with __________, but You said if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive my sins and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. So here I am claiming that promise. Take it from me Lord, you know I can’t get rid of it by myself.” It’s worked for me. In fact, when it comes to sin, it’s the only thing that’s ever worked for me. Try it, it will work for you too. I know because God promised it.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

2 comments:

  1. When I confess my sins I pray through the sanctuary. I claim [carry] Christ's blood from the alter of sacrifice confessing my faith in God the Son as my redeemer and savior. Then I pass the laver of washing, stopping to reaffirm my death to the flesh and my new life in the Spirit. I go to the alter of showbread, the Word and eat of it's wisdom and truth. I kneel in worship and humility at the alter of incense, sending up praises and adoration to God, confessing my transgressions, asking God to reveal to me my faults and empower me by His grace to overcome and be victorious as I strive to please Him. I I thank Him for hearing and His answer. I pray for family and friends and special requests. Then I stop at the candlestick asking God to bless my witness to my family and to the world where ever I am and with whomever I have contact opportunity. That I will speak His words of blessing to uplift the hearts to Him of those who hear. Then I follow my Lord through the curtains into the most holy place. There I stand with my Intercessor, Jesus before God's judgment seat, the ark of the covenant containing the 10 commandments which are the foundation of God's government. There Christ pleads my case with His own blood. Having suffered and died in my place for my sins. There I receive pardon and admonishment to go and sin no more. In gratitude I lay down my burden contemplating the cost of my redemption. As I behold the Savior my heart is broken by the enormity of the sacrifice. In humility I plead for the whole armor of God to fight the toughest fight of all, the battle against myself. I never want to cause my Lord to suffer because of my presumption or ignorance again. God bless you, Jake. I enjoy reading your devotionals and pray that you will continue to grow spiritually as you walk by faith.

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  2. I love how God is moving through you and blessing you with a great ability to share from the heart and you are hearing the Holy Spirit speak to you so you may share in the Glory of God and what He can do for all his children! God is a river that always flows with Living water. Let us all drink from it and be filled with His glory, grace, mercy, and LOVE! Again thank you for sharing Jake! your sister in Christ!

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